Vancouver Sun Run

August 7, 2011


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Vancouver Sun Run is a 10-km race held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada each year on the third (sometimes the fourth) Sunday in April. It is Canada’s largest 10K since its inception in 1985 and the 2nd largest timed 10K in the world.  It includes a relatively small number of competitive elite runners, a wheelchair race, and numerous other categories of participants ranging from runners to parents walking with their children in strollers.

An incredible 48,904 registrants signed up for the 2012 Vancouver Sun Run event with participants taking in the beautiful Vancouver scenery under sunny skies. The Vancouver Sun Run has truly become one of Vancouver’s traditional rites of spring and is preparing for its 30th year running.

Race Date

Apr 19, 2015

Event Type

Start Times

Men: 9:00 a.m
Women: 9:00 a.m

No. Runners



Race Website


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Race Registration

You can register on the official registration page of Vancouver Sun Run. The entry fees for early bird registrations before Jan 31 is $49. There is no race day registration.

Course / Route Map

The 10K route is a beautiful scenic course which begins in Vancouver’s downtown core at Burrard Street and Georgia Street. Participants will enjoy the downhill start as they make their way towards the world famous Stanley Park, continuing along English Bay to Hornby Street, then onto Pacific Avenue, across the Burrard Street bridge exiting onto 2nd Avenue. Winding along Fir Street to join 4th Avenue the route continues east on 6th Avenue to the Cambie Street Bridge for the final stretch across the bridge to the finish line.

The 10K route is sprinkled with gentle, undulating hills making it both fun and enjoyable, while providing breathtaking scenery which includes the snow-capped mountains along Georgia Straight, water views along English Bay and False Creek. The organizing committee hires numerous entertainers to perform along the route and in the stadium at the end of the race.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

Not available.

Race Tags

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Time Limits & Cutoffs

  • Slower runners must remain on the right side of the road to allow quicker runners to pass on the left.
  • The Vancouver Sun Run will be using the MyLaps BibTag timing system this year.

Course Records

Men: Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 30:55 (2006)
Women: James Koskei (KEN) 27:58 (2002)

Prize Money & Awards

  • Open – Top 3 Men & Women: $3,000, $1,500, $750
  • Canadian Citizens – Top 5 Men & Women: $2,500, $1,500, $1,000, $500, $250
  • Masters (40+) – Top 3 Men & Women: $750, $500, $250

Awards are given three deep to males and females in each age group.

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

  • Entry fee includes a Sun Run souvenir T-shirt featuring artwork by Vancouver artist, Tiko Kerr.
  • Youth size Shaw Mini Sun Run participants will receive a paint-your-own T-shirt and a paint kit.

Water Stops & Refreshments

Water stations are provided at six locations along the course as well as music entertainment in the form of bands.

Expected Race Day Weather

The temperature typically varies from 45°F to 55°F and is rarely below 40°F or above 61°F.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Gerald November 1, 2012 at 5:46 am

Just received an email for the Sun Run 2013. For this new edition the fees have been increased to 45 dollars for early birds which is 5 dollars more compared to last year. After a quick research on Internet, I found out that the ticket to enter the race was only 30 dollars. 15 dollars increase in only 4 years and the distance is just the same… I’m a great fan of this event and I ran already two editions of it but I think I might just not take part to it anymore as I don’t think the true spirit of sport and fairplay is being respected here. Maybe you can call it a boycott and that is precisely what I encourage you to do if you think the same…


Brian Starr September 6, 2012 at 2:52 am

What ages is the run open to?


wayne forseth April 9, 2012 at 2:51 am

Is the 2012 Vancouver Sun Run timed and if so where and when do you pick up the ‘timing chip?’


terri ahlm February 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

looking for an affordable hotel room for vancouver sunrun 2012. i know hyatt is fully booked. anything else close by that anyone knows of?


C. Zlamal November 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm

What date is the 2012 Sun Run and when is the registration deadline?


Kate Cheatle November 4, 2011 at 3:28 am

Trying to register for the 2012 Vancouver Sun Run – cannot pull up either on-line registration or mail-in registration forms (except for 2011)! How do I contact you to register?


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